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Another MACCL Season over

- 10th Feb 2019

Well another season of MCCL completed and what fantastic achievements from you all, turning out in all weather conditions. Although I personally like lots of rain, mud and snow!! It’s great to see lots of you progressing over the past few months and reaching your goals.

On behalf of the group, we would like to wish Nikki speedy recovery, Nikki I’m sure you’ll be back soon, take it easy though. Plenty of time to get back to your fitness. The groups not the same without!

I would like to say a huge thank you to Alexis and Kevin for taking on the team managers role. I believe Alexis is going to continue again next season. (Thank you Alexis) Also Rebecca, Ian and Jenny for putting up the gazebo at all the events and for the lovely cakes, tea, coffee and soup too. Having the Stockport gazebo makes such an impact on the club, in that we are all supporting each other meeting new friends and being part of something.

I must say the children have been an inspiration, their support to each other kindness resilience and perseverance, has enabled them to enjoy the sport make new friends and what fantastic sportsmanship they demonstrate with their fellow athletes. Its lovely to see them cheering the adults to make them run even harder. I’m very proud to be part of such a great club and I’m sure all the parents would echo my sentiments. The Sportsmanship I have observed in its very essence, is respect for others and for one's self. It encompasses all that which is good in human nature. It is a concrete measure of the understanding and commitment to fair play, ethical behaviour and integrity. They are our future athletes after all.

Two recent bereavements

- 1st Feb 2019

It is regretted that two former chairmen of Stockport Harriers have recently passed away and their contributions to the local athletic club scene will be sorely missed.

Firstly Peter O’Hare who was chairman for two years in the early nineties and had an insatiable enthusiasm for marathons and half marathons including the tour of Tameside and is the only person known locally who has gone through a complete calendar year and undertaken a race every week, a feat which is unlikely to be accomplished again in a hurry. Peter was a stalwart of East Cheshire Harriers and then followed it up with a valuable period of time at Stockport Harriers before commencing his own running group in the Hyde area and taking time to coach many athletes up to good road, trail and fell racing levels.

Secondly there is Mike Durcan (pictured right) who was Stockport’s longest serving chairman by far from the beginning of the new century right through to only a couple of years ago and his star attraction was his trademark red beret which was an easy way of picking him out in the London marathon which he enjoyed on many occasions. His main training centre was from Jackson’s lane recreation centre, Hazel Grove where he was known by athletes far and wide from that area and another regular training area was to take to the canal tow path and the Middlewood way in the Marple area where he lived.

Winter Race Series

- 25th Jan 2019

With only seven more races to go before the series finishes the cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places are being hotly contested. In the women's field we have six athletes with 55 points:- Amy Barter, Fiona Cooke, Lou Geldart, Jayne Lawton, Jenny Pickard and Sophie Seinger.

Just in front with 60 points is Maureen Wilkins and well up the leaderboard at the moment is Rebekah Livsey with 85 points.

The men's points are being more tightly contested. Phil Burns is leading with 75 points. Just five points behind Phil with 70 points are Nick Roberts and Steve Brown and last year's winner, Iain Murdoch has 65 points. Mark Smith is not far behind Iain on 55 points. Nathan Mayo, Ged McGrath, Simon Pickard and Peter Sinclair have 50 points.

The cash prizes could be won by any of these athletes.

The remaining races are the Northern XC Champs this Saturday, MACCL Kenworthy Woods, Stockport Trail Half Marathon, National XC Champs, any Cheadle Hulme Parkrun in March, High Leigh 10k and finally the Wilmslow Half.

Full details are on the notice board in the clubhouse, including the latest points list. Well done everyone, this could be a close call.

Best of luck. Alexis

Beginners' course

- 16th Jan 2019

A beginners' course for runners is commencing on Tuesday, 29th January at 7.00pm.

We will meet outside the community centre which is at the entrance to the main Woodbank Park car park on Turncroft Lane, Offerton, Stockport. SK1 4BN.

This course is suitable for people with no, or very little, running experience and starts with more walking than running and gradually builds up to running for 30 minutes continuously by week eight.

The course is fully supported by England Athletics coaches and held under the auspices of Stockport Harriers.

The cost for the full eight week course is £24.00 and includes a certificate and goody bag for everyone who completes the course.

For further information please contact:- Alexis [dot] dinsmor [at] ntlworld [dot] com

YDL Manager Vacancy

16th Nov 2018

We are looking for up to 4 YDL Team Managers.

As YDL Manager, you’ll be responsible for organizing athletics teams from the Club to compete in the UK Youth Development League. These are Boys’ and Girls’ teams in the Lower (Under-13 and Under -15) and Upper (Under-17 and 20) League.

You’ll also build relationships with coaches, athletes and volunteers across the Club and be responsible for selecting teams and managing the match day logistics of our teams.

Ladies’ Cross County dates

- 17th Oct 2018

University Cross-country Relays

University Relays, 27th October, Kenworthy Woods. Senior Women. Distance 3.01k, teams of 3, start time 1.05pm.

This is the list of women I have who want to take part in the relays. If I've missed you off and you want to be included please contact me ASAP.

Jen Hulley, Louise Rudd, Nicola Pickford, Fiona Cooke, Holly-Rae Copeland, Louise Geldart, Lesley Sinclair, Sue Waring, Jennie Pickard, Linden Hiscock, Lindsey Ann Crombleholme, Jane Mulryan, Sofia Tavini, Clara Jarvis, Amie-Erica Hughes ??, Imogen Nutter, Jill Tavini, Jenna Paton, Jayne Lawton, Helen Todd, Rachel Nolan, Rebekah Livsey.

Manchester Area Cross-country League

U20, Senior and Vet Women. Thank you to everyone who took part in the first race at Wythenshawe, hope you enjoyed it and are looking forward to the remainder of the races in this series.

If you didn't race at Wythenshawe but want to run at Kenworthy Woods on Saturday, 10th November, please contact me ASAP. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, 7th November, so please check out the list of entrants on the website.

Cross-country Championships

The Northern Athletics XC Championships take place on 26th January, at Pontefract Racecourse, Pontefract.

English National XC Country Championships take place on 23rd February at Harewood House, near Leeds.

Both these races are included in our Winter Race Series. If are interested in racing at either/both these events please let me know and we can get it organised.

A first for Stockport Athletics Coaching!

- 6th Oct 2018
A first for Stockport Athletics Coaching!

On Wednesday 19th September four members of our group went over to Doncaster Athletics Club and competed in 1500m/2000m steeplechases for Stockport Harriers.

The training group has got to this point by following a LATE SPECIALISATION, LONG TERM ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT Model. We develop ALL 5 fitness components simultaneously with young developing athletes.

Harry Miller-Reedman (the ONLY U17 to compete in an Octathlon for the whole of the Greater Manchester Region; SHAC's number 1 Javelin thrower ........etc etc) was putting his endurance and hurdling skills to the test and came through this excellent experience & challenge very well.

Lauren Burgess (an U17 who throws U20 Javelin for the club at YDL, is the current Greater Manchester U17 Discus Gold medalist, has achieved UK rankings in 6 very different events .......etc etc) achieved a UK ranking(109th) in this first time attempt at the event, in her first year as an U17.

The coaching group is very proud of these two young athletes who competed in their first Steeplechase as multi-eventers, not specialised endurance runners.

Our U20 athletes come from two different backgrounds and were competing in the 2000m Steeplechase. Sam Johnson has a multi-eventing background (Derbyshire's Number 1 Octathlete last year; still competes in a number of events for SHAC at YDL; but his current main focus is the 400m Hurdles where in his first season as an U20 he was ranked 3rd in the Northwest and 52nd in the UK). He took this tough endurance challenge on, for all the right reasons, with great positive attitude. He continues to leave all options/opportunities open to himself for the future. Luke Farrant joined us just a year ago having specialised early in endurance at another club. As a coaching group we are trying to broaden his opportunities for the future and because of his open-mindedness, willingness to learn new skills and great attitude, he is responding extremely well. Because of the Speed work he has done since joining, he has a UK ranking in the 400m, he is SHAC's fastest 800m/1500m U20 runner and because of the hurdling work that has been introduced, he achieved an excellent, first time, UK ranking (62nd) in the Steeplechase, in his first year as an U20. Lots more to come from this young athlete as his Speed, strength, hurdling skills etc etc continue to be developed.

Stockport Athletics Coaching remain an independent, self sufficient, self funded training group with it's own unique training philosophy. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support the group for all that we stand for - the parent group; the coaching group (Crazy legs fitness being an inetegral part of it); Stockport Grammar School; Inspire Gym and Lifeleisure. Finally, as it is Steeplechase that we are celebrating successes in, a special mention to Bashir Hussain who continues to support and inspire the young athletes within our group in this event and across all that we do.

Winter Competition Guide 2018/2019

- 5th Sep 2018

We've developed a club-wide Winter Competition guide that aims to inspire and provide key information for TEAM STOCKPORT, spanning all age groups and disciplines.

We will update the document later in the season when further events/information becomes available.

Do speak to coaches and relevant contacts if any questions, and look at the notice board and Facebook page for more details about individual events.

We hope all members find this useful.

Winter Race Series 2018/19

- 2nd Sep 2018

No need to register just compete in as many of the races listed below as possible. You must enter the race as a Stockport Harrier and wear your club vest. The results will be checked, and relevant points awarded to each competitor. Cash prizes awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd male and female with the highest number of points. This will be based on the number of races completed and not on placings in the race. If you are unable to compete in the Stockport 10 race or Star & Garter 5k but marshal, you will receive 5 points.

Cross Country races: if you didn’t compete in MACCL last season, men should register via Kevan Garner – kevan [dot] garner [at] talktalk [dot] net and women via Alexis Dinsmor – alexis [dot] dinsmor [at] ntlworld [dot] com Extra points awarded for Manchester Area Cross Country League (MACCL) as shown below (*).

Cross Country distances: first distance shown is for senior women, the second is for senior men.

Date Race Distance Points
13th MACCL Wythenshawe Park XC 8k/9.6k  10*
Any Marple parkrun 5k 5
27th Univ of Manchester XC Relays XC 3k. 5
10th MACCL Kenworthy Woods XC 8k/9.6k 10*
25th Famous Grouse Fell – Birch Vale Fell 5 miles (1,250’) 5
1st MACCL Woodbank Park XC 8k/9.6k 10*
9th Stockport 10 10 miles 15
26th Star & Garter 5k 5k 5
31st Bowstones Fell Race 7 miles 10
12th MACCL Heaton Park XC 8k/9.6k 10*
20th Three Halls of Stockport 11 miles 15
26th Northern XC Champs Pontefract  XC 8k/12k 15
9th MACCL Kenworthy Woods XC 8k/9.6k 10*
17th Stockport Trail Half Marathon 13.1 miles 20
23rd National XC Champs - Harewood House nr Leeds XC 8k/12k 15*
Any Cheadle Hulme parkrun 5k 5
3rd High Legh 10k 10k 10
24th Wilmslow HM Half Marathon 20

*XC – extra points awarded: 4 MACCL races = 5 extra points; 5 MACCL races = 10 extra points; Championship Races: if both done, 10 extra points

University of Manchester Cross Country Relays

- 27th Aug 2018

Saturday, 27th October.

Wythenshawe Sports Ground, Willenhall Road, Wythenshawe M23 0BD.

Men's and Mixed teams, 6 legs of 3.01km, women's teams, 3 legs of 3.01km.

This is a great afternoon of cross country racing at a local venue.

Last year we had 5 women's teams and three men's teams taking part at this event.

There is a great atmosphere with clubs and universities from throughout the UK taking part, and athletes of all abilities competing.

Kevan Garner will organise the men's teams and I will organise the women's teams, please contact us as soon as possible.

Many thanks

Manchester Area Cross Country League 2018/19

- 19th Aug 2018

Hope you're enjoying this lovely summer and I'm sure there are still many warm sunny days left but we have to look ahead to the Manchester Area Cross Country League which starts in October.

Dates for your diary:

All races are on a Saturday.
13th October, Wythenshawe
10th November, Kenworthy Woods
1st December, Woodbank
12th January, Heaton Park
9th February, Kenworthy Woods .

The turnout from our seniors has been falling off in the last few years and I'd really love our athletes to make the effort and enter this series of XC races this year.

I'm sure your coaches will confirm that racing cross country is enormously effective in developing strength, skill, stamina and mental toughness.

There is always a fantastic atmosphere in our SHAC gazebo, where we support our juniors and they stay after their races and give us lots of shouts of encouragement in return, and there are usually home made cakes, what's not to like!

Senior men Please contact Kevan Garner and senior women contact Alexis Dinsmor please.

Important notice on behaviour

- 11th Jul 2018

Alongside all the super positive news stories coming out of Stockport Harriers on a regular basis, we are sorry to report that a number of newspaper articles featuring a small number of Junior athletes on display in the clubhouse have been wilfully defaced.

Following this discovery, the Welfare Secretaries, on behalf of the entire committee, would like to appeal to all users of the club house, members, and non-members alike, that they behave sportingly at all times, and do not resort to this kind of ill treatment of their fellow athletes.

These are just kids, and they don’t deserve to be treated like this for any reason, especially not for doing well. We should all be proud of them!

They should be able to expect to feel safe and supported, not hated.

This incident could have a huge effect on their self-esteem and desire to be part of the club.

We have probably all read the stats on the drop off rate among teens in athletics, so shouldn’t we be giving our talented teenage athletes as much positive reinforcement as we can to encourage them to stay?

Unsporting behaviour has no place at Stockport Harriers.

If you know anything about these incidents or have other welfare issues you would like help with, please contact Jen and Rachel your Welfare Officers.

You all follow Stockport Harriers, and we should all support and encourage one another each other in the name of sport regardless of our coaching group, parkrun time, or how many marathons we have run.

Let’s celebrate Team Stockport rather than bring our team mates down and our club into disrepute.

Hammer Cage Risk Assessment

- 19th Jun 2018

The link below is the risk assessment carried out by SHAC to allow the cage at the stadium to be opened up again for use in training and competition. Whilst many of you may not use the cage, the risk assessment has implications for ALL who use the track and I therefore require you to make yourself (and your children if applicable) fully aware of the contents of the risk assessment, identifying those areas that affect you.

All of the steps that are in this risk assessment have been considered at length and advice has been sort externally. It is essential that ALL athletes comply for their own safety and the safety of other users of the stadium.

This document is a "live" document and will be revised as is necessary, based upon any further incidents nationally and any full review that is to be conducted over the summer by UKA.

I thank you in advance for your co-operation in ensuring we continue to have a safe training environment at Stockport Harriers, where all can train and benefit from the great facilities that we have.

Membership renewal update

22nd Apr 2018

The BACS payment facility is now available for your membership payments (account: 19342879, sort code: 830425).

The forms on the website have been updated with the BACS details.

Many thanks for your patience.

BACS is now the preferred payment method as this saves much time and effort for the committee.

Additionally, the committee have agreed that all non-running members (social/volunteers/non-running coaches) should not pay a club membership fee. There is therefore now a FREE club membership category. If you have already paid and you feel you should have had a free membership please get in touch.

Also, many thanks to those who have completed their form and payment already. We are close to 200 paid members in the first 3 weeks. Great progress!